A Surprise Visit

We had a delightful surprise visit from our “second son” Mark this week.  Mark is our daughter’s best friend from childhood; and his parents, Robbie and Frank, consider Amanda a daughter to them.  As fate would have it, both Amanda and Mark live and work in the Washington, D.C. area.  Mark and his partner, Troy, hosted Amanda and Kisu’s wedding at Troy’s lovely home last summer.

Shetland ewe lamb Phyllis nibbles on Troy’s arm while he gives her a scratch.

Mark and Troy were in Minneapolis visiting Mark’s parents when they decided to drive up to the farm for a visit.  It’s an especially fun time to visit the farm now that there are lambs romping in the pasture.  And the llamas always enjoy visitors!  It was a brief but very enjoyable visit.  Thank you Mark, Troy, Frank and Robbie for stopping by!

Mark and Troy being greeted by llamas and Finn ram Eino

After we showed our visitors around the farm, Troy and I caught a few ewe lambs to cuddle.  Troy has a small acreage of his own and recently started raising chickens.  I could tell he has had practice “catching” because he quickly caught a lamb.

Troy was a natural with the lambs!

Mark is holding Finn ewe Eeva

I love this photo of Frank holding Eeva!

At the end of our sheep cuddling session, Finnsheep Emmi walked through with her ram lamb Elias.  He has good growth and confirmation.  He is FOR SALE.

Finnsheep ram lamb Elias with his mother Emmi.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Patti on 06/05/2010 at 12:20 PM

    Love the pictures! I look everyday to see if I’ve got a good shot of them….. not yet….lol I have a date this afternoon after I close up shop. Time to have a little fun. 🙂

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  2. Wow, great pictures! Nice to hear about the visit, but forgive me, I’m sheep-focused! That little Eeva is the cutest button of a lamb, and her wool looks nice and curly. And Elias is now so big– good picture.

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    • Thanks Gail! I LOVE everything about Elias. And he is already nickering at the ewe lambs! He knows what his job will be! I need to get some better pics of my two white ram lambs. They are a few weeks younger and triplets, so smaller but both look to have great confirmation and fiber. Both Elias and Eeva had a halo of baby fuzz that took a few weeks to dissipate. As you can see, they now have lovely fiber. The white rams didn’t have that same “halo” and their fiber is not yet as long as Eeva’s but it is crimpy and tight!

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  3. Posted by Mark on 06/08/2010 at 8:39 AM

    Thank you both for letting us come and check out the farm! It was wonderful to see you. Now Troy is even more convinced that his four acres would be enough for a few sheep to add to the 28 chickens!

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  4. Wow, Mark needs a haircut.

    I love the pic of Mark and Troy looking at the llamas–their heads are cocked forward while the llamas’ heads are cocked back.

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